When A Farmer Dying Of Cancer Needed Help With Harvest, The Community Did THIS For Him

If there's something that could characterize the heartland of American, it's a tendency for good, hardworking people to pull together to help others out that would.

According to Today, when cancer-stricken Carl Bates of Gava, Illinois, needed help reaping his harvest, his neighbors did just that.

The family of Bates, whose illness is terminal, looked for help from a couple nearby farmers, but around 40 people showed up with 10 combines and 16 semi trucks to get everything harvested. A couple businesses even helped supply the volunteers.

With such a big workforce, a week's worth of harvesting the 450 acres was completed in just 10 hours.

Bates commented, "One of the things we've noticed is how great it is to see people help each other for a change as opposed to all the bad news stories out there. With all the kind thoughts and prayers, it's been very humbling and heartfelt and has meant a lot to the family. We are all dumbfounded that this story has traveled so far and done so much."

Do you have a story of neighbors helping neighbors like this one?

Carl_Bates_Farmer.jpg

Twelve Salmonella and Listeria-Related Recalls Every Family Should Be Aware Of
/twelve_salmonella_and_listeria_related_recalls_every_family_should_be_aware_of
Major U.S. Department Store Announces Next Step In Nationwide Closures
/major_u_s_department_store_announces_next_step_in_nationwide_closures
Was This Mom RIGHT About Not Sharing?
/mom_sharing
WARNING: If You Ate At This Famous Fast Food Chain, Your Credit Card Information Could Be Stolen
/warning_if_you_ate_at_this_famous_fast_food_chain_your_credit_card_information_could_be_stolen
Campbell’s Recalling Soup Cans After Major Mix-up
/campbell_s_recalling_soup_cans_after_major_mix_up
Police Officers Stop 5 Black Kids And Do This, Was It Over The Line?
/police_officers_stop_5_black_kids_and_do_this_was_it_over_the_line
President Donald Trump Did Something Special For His First Lady
/president_donald_trump_did_something_special_for_his_first_lady
Documents Reveal History Of Abuse Against Elizabeth Thomas, Making Her Easy Target
/documents_reveal_history_of_abuse_against_elizabeth_thomas_making_her_easy_target
Award-Winning Movie Director Passes From Health Complications
/award_winning_movie_director_passes_from_health_complications
Self-Driving Cars Offering Rides Today In This Major City
/self_driving_cars_offering_rides_today_in_this_major_city_v5l65as2ypnr0n241hptma